An intersex kitten is getting a lot of attention – after being born with a mix of male and female characteristics.
Nine-week-old Bellini was taken to Cats Protection centre in St Helens along with the rest of their litter.
Bellini was initially thought to be male… but upon closer inspection, it turns out they’re intersex, and have a mixture of female and male genitalia.
Staff have ordered blood tests to learn more about Bellini’s true gender – but they say any decisions will be up to the cat’s new owner.
Sonia Scowcraft, who heads the Cats Protection adoption centre, said: “I was pretty stunned, it’s so unusual.
“I have seen over 3,000 cats during my time at Cats Protection and only seen one other hermaphrodite cat. I certainly never thought I’d see two.
“We have got used to calling Bellini a boy, but really it is up to his new owner to decide what they think is best. Either way, he is an absolute cutie pie and will make a really lovely pet.”
The centre is currently looking for a new home for Bellini – along with their sister Daiquiri.
UPDATE: Bellini and Daiquiri have found a new home!